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Livingston is a township in Essex County, New
Jersey. It is part of the New York metropolitan area. Within
Essex County it is bordered by Roseland to the north, West
Orange to the east, and Millburn/Short Hills to the south.
To the west it is bordered by Morris County communities
Florham Park and East Hanover. The western border is the
Passaic River. Localities and place names located partially
or completely within the township include Cedar Ridge,
Cheapside, Morehousetown, Northfield, Washington Place and
Shopping and Dining
Although largely a bedroom community, there are many stores
and restaurants located in Livingston, in three main
shopping areas. The first area is located in the center of
the town. It stretches along Livingston Avenue from Route 10
to Northfield Avenue. Historically, the area has been
dominated by small local stores, but retains some chain
stores including Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and ShopRite.
With the addition of Livingston Town Center, classified as
mixed-use development, new restaurants have opened as well,
adding to the large number of locally owned establishments.
The second area is the Livingston Mall located at the
south-western corner of the town. Macy's, Lord & Taylor and
Sears department stores are anchors in the original three
wings of the mall. The fourth wing, added in 2008, is home
of Barnes & Noble. The third shopping area begins the Route
10 shopping corridor that extends to East Hanover. It
includes Rt. 10 Farmer's Market.
Corporate Offices and Businesses
Many office parks are located along Eisenhower Parkway on
the western side of the town. There are a few headquarters
of major companies including former CIT Group corporate
headquarters, Inteplast Group headquarters, The Briad Group
headquarters, and customer service and support center of
Verizon New Jersey. There are varieties of other services in
the town. The Westminster – a four diamond luxury hotel – is
located on the western side of the town. Saint Barnabas
Medical Center – a 597-bed hospital – is located in the
southern side of the town near West Orange and Millburn.
Fitness facilities include West Essex YMCA and New York
Sports Club. A Jewish Community Center with fitness center
also exists just over the border in West Orange.
There are more than 470 acres of wooded parks with passive
hiking trails in Livingston. Additional 1,817 acres are
zoned to be preserved in its natural state without public
access. This brings to about 25% of total land in the town
that is in its natural conditions with habitats of eight
threatened or endangered species. There are many smaller
parks and open space areas dedicated to recreation and
sports, mostly centered around the town's public schools.
These include two swimming pools, ten little league baseball
diamonds, four full baseball diamonds, eight full
soccer/lacrosse fields, one full football field, three
basketball courts, sixteen tennis courts, eleven
playgrounds, a jogging track, a dog park, and a fishing/ice
skating pond. The township is planning to build
inter-connected mixed-use paths, biking and hiking trails to
connect those parks and open space throughout the township.
The Livingston Public Schools serves students in
kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district
are six K-5 elementary schools — Burnet Hill School, Collins
Elementary School, Harrison Elementary School, Hillside
Elementary School, Mount Pleasant Elementary School and
Riker Hill Elementary School — Mt. Pleasant Middle School
Grade 6, Heritage Middle School Grades 7 and 8 and
Livingston High School for grades 9–12.
Private and Other Schools
Aquinas Academy is a private coeducational Roman Catholic
school that serves students from preschool through eighth
grade that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Newark. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy is a
private coeducational Jewish day school that serves
preschool through eighth grade, while Rae Kushner Yeshiva
High School is a four-year yeshiva high school for grades
9–12. The Tzedek School is a non-sectarian co-educational
school of Jewish Heritage and Hebrew Language serving the
communities of Livingston and the surrounding area for
students in grades K-12. Newark Academy is a private
coeducational day school founded in 1774, that serves grades
6–8 in its middle schools and 9–12 in the upper school.
Livingston Chinese School and Livingston Huaxia Chinese
School are two weekend Chinese-language schools in
Livingston which use facilities of Heritage Middle School
and Mount Pleasant school.
Bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal is available
on the Community Coach #77 bus route. OurBus company also
operates a commuter route to New York City serving
Livingston and West Orange. NJ Transit offers bus service to
Newark on the 70, 71 and 73 routes, with local service
available on the MCM3 and MCM8 routes.
Rail service is accessible via the NJ Transit Morristown
Line, which has several stops in adjacent communities such
as Short Hills, Millburn, and South Orange. The stations are
about 5–7 miles away from most of Livingston, accessible by
car or taxi. The township provides a fee-based direct
shuttle service called Livingston Express Shuttle for a
15-minute ride between Livingston Mall and South Orange
Station for Morristown Line trains to Midtown Manhattan and
Hoboken. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, for inter-city rail
transit in the Northeastern United States, and the Port
Authority's PATH service local rapid transit system are
available 10 miles away at Newark Penn Station.
Official Town Website: https://www.livingstonnj.org